Improve to 12-10-2 overall and 6-3 in the NCMC
The Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball team closed out the home portion of its schedule by making a statement Tuesday night against the Mexico Bulldogs.
Although it took three sets, the Lady Pirates picked up the season sweep against Mexico by winning 25-18, 22-25 and 25-10.
While honoring the seniors and their parents prior to the match, the Lady Pirates also raised their season record to 12-10-2 overall and 6-3 in the NCMC.
Boonville Lady Pirates volleyball coach Morgan Sprigg said the girls came out pretty strong and ready to play against Mexico.
“We did have some moments on the floor that caused us some points,” Sprigg said. “I thought it took us a minute to get into the game, but once we did we played well. During the second set we were really flat and played down to their level. I was proud of the girls during the third set. We played much better and as a team. Like I have said earlier this season that Mexico has improved and have a much stronger team. There were moments where we had trouble getting past the block. They have some big girls in their front row and we have to be smart when we face them.”
Sprigg also praised the play of senior Kelsey Bishop, who she thought hit the ball extremely well. Bishop finished the night with six kills on 11 attack attempts along with five digs and four service points with one ace.
“Kelsey was very strong at the net and placed the ball on the open areas on the floor,” Sprigg said. “I also thought that Jodie Bass played excellent defense. She got to the ball a lot better and was passing extremely well, creating a good offense. I was proud of the girls for pulling it off and winning on their senior-parent night. It was also another big win for us considering we play them in the first round of districts.”
Despite the seven point difference in Game 1, the Lady Pirates got off to a rocky start while trailing by a score of 3-0 and again at 4-1. But then reality set in for Mexico as Boonville rallied back to go up 7-5 and never looked back.
The Lady Bulldogs did tie the game twice at 9-9 and 10-10 but each time Boonville came back with the next point for the lead. The match was also close in the latter part of the game with Boonville clinging to a 18-16 lead. However four straight points pushed the lead to 22-16. Then, after scoring on a dink to the middle by senior Shayann Potter to make it 24-18, the Lady Pirates capitalized on a Mexico error to win the first game 25-18.
The second set, however, was a different story as Mexico came out with a chip on its shoulder and took the lead at five on two different occasions at 15-10 and 16-11.
But even then the Lady Pirates had a chance while cutting the lead to two at 19-17 after a hit out of bounds by Mexico. Boonville also had the lead down to one at 23-22 after a hit through the block by senior Mackenzie Lutz. Unfortunately for the Lady Pirates, they never got any closer in the set while committing two straight errors to give Mexico the win at 25-22.
The third and deciding set was all Boonville as the Lady Pirates jumped out to 12-6 lead behind the front line of Brynn Edwards, Kelsey Bishop and Dana Lester. Then, after Mexico cut the lead back to 10 at 20-10 with a kill, Boonville came back and reeled off five straight points on back-to-back kills by junior Lawren Luscombe, a hit off the block by Bishop and two Mexico errors to closeout the match.
Senior Shayann Potter led the Lady Pirates with 30 assists along with nine digs, five service points and one kill on five attack attempts.
Brynn Edwards finished the match with a team-leading 11 kills on 29 attack attempts along with 19 digs and seven service points with one ace. Edwards also had one assist in the match.
MJ Goff had a team-leading 20 digs along with two assists and one attack attempt while Dana Lester added eight kills on 22 attack attempts with five service points with two aces and three digs, Lawren Luscombe with five service points with three aces, two blocks, two kills on 14 attack attempts and one dig, Jodie Bass with 11 digs, Hana Cook with four kills on 11 attack attempts along with three digs, two service points and one ace and one block, Brianna Walker with six digs and three attack attempts and Mackenzie Lutz with one kill on two attack attempts.
In the JV match, Boonville defeated Mexico in two straight sets 25-19 and 25-16.
Sprigg said the defense played well in the JV match. “Both Carson Dee and Eliza Adams passed the ball well causing Taylor Frederick to be able to run an offense,” Sprigg said.
Freshman Makiya West led the JV team with 13 digs along with five assists, two kills on eight attack attempts, two aces and two blocks.
Lily Terrell finished the match with six digs, five kills on nine attack attempts and one block while Taylor Frederick added 10 assists, seven digs and one kill on three attack attempts, Sophie Waibel with five digs, three kills on six attack attempts and one ace, Kennedy Renfrow with five digs and three kills on six attack attempts, Carson Dee with eight digs, one ace and one attack attempt, Eliza Adams with seven digs and one kill on one attack attempt, Diamond Lewis with six digs and one attack attempt and Gabi Webster with two digs and one ace.